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Posted 8/2/2020 10:57pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE

  • Do you remember about two UPDATES ago that the rain was going just to the north or just to the south.  We were getting very dry.   Well, that all changed this past week.  Monday 4.88, Wednesday 1.46, Thursday 4.64 and Friday 3.99 inches.   That's 14.97.  That was a lot of rain in a very short time.  Water went over our pond bank.   It will take a month for the top soil to  settle.  Our neighbor is a corn, bean  commodity producers.  The pond just east of our house is now full, and since it drains established pasture, the water is still clear.   Apparently, we have very little compaction as the ground is still firm and not muddy with all that rain.  No compaction and good tilth and water will percolate down in to the subsoil.
  • Raising guineas is sure a challenge.  Two nights ago Debra observed a black snake with a small baby guinea being killed.  Well, it was an eye for an eye.   We are now down to four from 10.  We have lost half ot the older group.  Our guinea hens are laying again.  One started setting this week.  Always fighting  nature's food chain.
  • We were ready to cut our fall hay crop and then 14.97 inches and now maybe this next week.

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#BoycottBigMeat

 

This just happened. Finally, hope it helps. There are many things that need to happen to make this work. We don't have enough veterinaries, producers, and processors and a totally misaligned national farm bill.

“Boycott Big Meat” is a national consumer education and lobbying campaign to advance the transition away from today’s centralized industrial meat production to a system of organic regenerative pasture-raised and grass-fed meat production built and run by a diverse network of local and regional independent farmers, ranchers, processors, and retailers who are committed to:

• Justice, including fair pay and safe working conditions, for all producers and workers throughout the supply chain;

• Respect for animals and all natural systems, including water, nutrient, and carbon cycles; and

• Public health, through the production of drug- and pesticide-free meat and animal products.

"Boycott Big Meat" was launched in July 2020, with several partners, including Forward LatinoSocially Responsible Agricultural ProjectMercola.comRegeneration International and the national coalition of U.S. Farmers & Ranchers for a Green New Deal. The campaign is endorsed by dozens of food, farm, climate and social and environmental justice organizations.

The COVID-19 crisis exposed as never before how our highly centralized industrial meat production system, dominated by a handful of huge corporations, exploits family farmers, slaughterhouse workers, and the environment—all while providing us with unhealthy pesticide- and drug-contaminated food. While the campaign is named "Boycott Big Meat," it's really about building something better. This is a campaign about taking back our food system from exploitive absentee corporations who care nothing about the communities where they locate their operations, and putting meat production back in the hands of producers who live in the communities they serve..





Sens. Booker and Warren recently called for a Congressional investigation into Big Meat’s practices during the pandemic. In a press release, the Senators explained why Congress should demand answers from the country’s largest industrial meat producers:

“United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) are opening an investigation of Tyson Foods, JBS USA, Cargill and Smithfield Foods after reports that the meatpacking companies, while threatening the American public with impending meat shortages and jacking up prices, exported a record amount of product to China. The companies used the COVID-19 pandemic -- and warning of shortages -- as cover while they endangered workers, dramatically increased prices for American consumers, and successfully lobbied the President to sign an executive order designating their plants as critical infrastructure and allowing them to continue operating in an unsafe fashion.”

It’s time to stop buying and consuming food products that we know are bad for our health, bad for the environment, bad for small farmers, bad for food chain workers, bad for animals and bad for the climate.

Those of us who hate factory farms and love animals need to stop fighting among ourselves about whether to eat meat or not. Americans need to boycott all factory farm meat and animal products, and purchase only meat and animal products that are raised organically and regeneratively.

We are what we eat. We must get rid of Big Meat, CAFOs and giant slaughterhouses. We must put the Earth’s billions of confined farm animals back outside on the 8 billion acres of pastureland and rangeland, grazing and foraging, where they belong.

The next time you pull out your wallet at a grocery store, or contemplate eating out rather than cooking at home, think before you act. Boycott Big Meat and industrial food, today and every day. Join us in building up an organic and regenerative food system. The hour is late. But we still have time to turn things around.

It's going to be an uphill struggle.  They are two lines almost anytime of the day at our local McDonald's.







THAT'S IT FROM THE HILL FOR THIS WEEK.  ART AND DEBRA

"BE HEALTHY, EAT GRASS"

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)

www.breezy-hill-farm.com

Posted 7/26/2020 10:27pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE

  • Ticks.  We have our guineas to take care of ticks.  They seem to be doing a great job.  We rarely have a tick, however this year and somewhat last year, we now have ticks so small that you don't know you've been bitten.  But there it is.  Almost need a magnifying glass.  They are about the size of a flake of ground pepper.  It takes a sharp pointed set of tweezers to extract them.  Then you have a red itchy bump for a couple of days.  I guess they are evolving to avoid the guineas.
  • Purple martins are still here and my, have we been successful this year.  We have thirty or forty, seems like, at each gourd complex.  There's a bunch of martins.  I wonder, will I have to raise some mosquitos for them next year?  I'm sure they feed on more than mosquitos. 
  • I'm reading Food Fix, by Dr Mark Hyman. Yes, I'm aware of everything I've read so far.  It's just that this stuff has happened over two or three decades, a drip at a time.  It's nice to have someone do the research, dig up all the references and put it in paragraphs that are readable.   Putting it ALL into context and in book form is essential to understanding just how bad our food system has become.  Should you buy the book?   Well, if nobody buys a book, then no one will write a book.  It falls into the same idea as voting with your dollars and forks in hoping to affect change .
  • I have stopped buying books as my book shelves are full.   I now use Kindle.  It is so convenient.  Highlight a word and get the definition.  Click on a reference and voila, you have the text of the reference.  Highlight a passage and I can share it via the internet.  Oh, and I can store a million books on an old tablet that cost about $150.  How much would a bookcase cost??  And how long does it take to find a book in a bookcase??
  • I am pausing this UPDATE to watch, United Shades of America, on CNN.  It will be rebroadcast next Saturday.  W.Kamau Bell does a great job with his program which was about family farms this week. Look it up and watch it.

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We Don’t Even Choose ‘Herd Immunity’ For Livestock 

Alan Guebert      

Two generations ago, no one in the cattle business ever thought “herd immunity” was a solution to bovine brucellosis. Instead, farmers and ranchers, often with the help of U.S. Department of Agriculture veterinarians, blood-tested every animal they could find to discover, trace, and isolate the disease’s source and spread.      It was hard, dirty work but it was the best science available until a vaccine virtually eliminated the costly disease.      Today, more than a few politicians suggest herd immunity as an effective way to fight America’s again-raging Covid-19 pandemic. These folks can’t be farmers or ranchers because, if they were, they’d know rural people aren’t as cavalier about the lives of their animals as some politicians seem to be about the lives of their constituents.      Besides, herd immunity, according to experts at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, often is deadly to acquire. An adequate level of herd immunity against Covid-19 requires 60 to 70 percent of the world to become infected and—here’s the hard part—survive coronavirus over a period of 18 to 24 months. During that time, they estimate, 800,000 Americans would die before our herd—you and me—would become modestly immune.      So, who wants to go first?      I don’t remember one cow ever dying before, during, or after “bangs” testing. I do remember, though, that everyone—we, our neighbors, and the nation—benefited from our safe, collective efforts.      Today’s collective Covid effort has been anything but collective and now millions of Americans face years of untold hardship. Even rural America, that vast sea of cultural tranquility, is shaking at its financial roots.      For example, on July 14, the ag economists at the University of Illinois’ farmdocDAILY published an eye-popping report on how our toxic omelet of declining crop insurance benefits, terrible export policy, and Covid-19 has smashed Illinois farm income.      According to Illinois farm records, “Overall, incomes averaged $189,000 per farm per year for the years 2006 to 2013. From 2014 to 2019, incomes… [were] $100,000 less per farm, with a $78,000 yearly average.”      But now, “trade disputes”—a phrase that softens our woodenheaded tariff fights with key American ag customers—and a continuation of ever- declining crop insurance coverage, 2020 farm income pre-Covid is projected at a puny $44,330.      Post-Covid 2020 farm income is worse: a knee-buckling, negative $25,033.      That estimate, the economists quickly add, “does not include other forms of assistance… [including] additional Federal aid currently being discussed in Congress…”      True, but “More worrisome is 2021, which likely will have lower levels of Federal aid. Given recent setbacks in Coronavirus control, it seems reasonable [that]… 2021 could be a very low-income year for Illinois grain farmers.”      Not everyone in American ag, however, is getting plucked. Take the chicken kings, for example.      On late Friday, July 17, USDA’s “Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) announced its approval of a petition filed by the National Chicken Council,” reported Food & Water Watch, “to permit chicken that is infected with the avian disease Leukosis to be fit for human consumption.”      Prior to the rule change, chicken “carcasses found to have this disease were to be condemned and removed from further processing.”      Who, other than the owners and shareholders of chicken processors, thinks allowing formerly condemned chicken carcasses into the American and export food chains is a good idea anytime let alone during a global pandemic?       But it’s doubtful many will ever know because that day FSIS also approved an industry request to increase chicken kill line speeds from “140 birds per minute to 175 birds.”      At three birds per second, it’s hard to “inspect” any chicken for the right number of body parts, let alone for Leukosis, “a tumor-causing (neoplastic) viral infection of young chickens.”      But hey, as awful but lawful as the FSIS’s actions are, in 18 to 24 months we should develop herd immunity to any new pathogen we’re dining on, right?      Well, some of us anyway. 

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Hi – I'm reading "Food Fix: How to Save Our Health, Our Economy, Our Communities, and Our Planet--One Bite at a Time" by Mark Hyman M.D. and wanted to share this quote with you.

"When I was in medical school, I thought science was a beautiful, pristine field full of integrity and truth. But as I’ve paid closer attention, I’ve discovered that nutrition studies are highly corrupted by the food industry. Big Food is furiously promoting false science. The food industry also buys loyalty from a wide range of prominent organizations we believe to be credible and independent sources of advice. Industry spends billions on corporate social responsibility programs that make strange bedfellows, but that spending achieves two important objectives for the food industry: It can generate outspoken support, and it can buy silence. But most important, it can trick and deceive you, the consumer. After all, the industry’s ultimate goal is to get you to buy more of their products. Follow along, but be warned: What you’re about to read will shock you."

 

"The “research” contracts allow Coca-Cola to review research prior to publication and maintain control over study data, whether the study gets published, and any acknowledgment of Coca-Cola’s funding of the study. If they don’t like the results, Coke gets to bury the findings. And they support front groups that pose as independent organizations to mislead consumers. How is that real science? So much for the purity of science and independent researchers! Big Food’s ironclad plan to fool you with junk science and bogus claims is once again reminiscent of the tobacco industry’s efforts to subvert the truth in past decades. The many ways in which Big Food is borrowing the tactics of Big Tobacco were documented in a landmark 2008 paper written by Kelly Brownell, which was titled The Perils of Ignoring History: Big Tobacco Played Dirty and Millions Died. How Similar Is Big Food? As Brownell noted, “Disputing science has been a key strategy of many industries, including tobacco. Beginning with denials that smoking causes lung cancer and progressing to attacks on studies of secondhand smoke, the industry instilled doubt. Likewise, groups and scientists funded by the food industry have disputed whether the prevalence figures for obesity are correct, whether obesity causes disease, and whether foods like soft drinks cause harm.”"

Start reading this book for free: https://a.co/bOTKrbo

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THAT'S IT FROM THE HILL FOR THIS WEEK.  ART AND DEBRA

"BE HEALTHY, EAT GRASS"

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)

www.breezy-hill-farm.com

Posted 7/19/2020 10:37pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE

  • Wow.  Never again will there be two different ground beef pickups done at the same time.  The one and half pound processors number were close.  They were in plastic bags and impossible to count ahead of the pickup.  The other processor gave me totals mid week and I based the pickup on those numbers, and it appeared there was enough for all on the list with about 50 pounds extra.  When we picked up the one pounders, I was inside buying some bacon and wursts.  As I was leaving I asked again how many pounds I had.  That number didn't match and instead of counting the number of boxes, I had Dallas recalculate by reducing some of the larger amounts.   After explaining the discrepancy to the first several customers, we looked at the remaining boxes and discovered there would have been almost enough, given that I thought I had an extra 50 pounds.  Bottom line, they told me the wrong amount when we picked up.  Sorry for the confusion that morning!
  • A new list has started and there may be another this fall.  It will depend on processor availability.  Processors are still under water with work.
  • Last week was animal week on the hill.  The guinea pair setting outside finally hatched out their brood.  Not sure how many.  They are so small and quick.  The pair have been great parents, going slowly and occasionally looking back to make sure the stragglers were keeping up.  I think we have lost a couple but the parents have quite a task ahead.  Found  a black snake in the hen nests.  Had to eliminate it.  I was gone to Holden to get chicken feed and I got a call from Debra.  There's a critter near the bee hive.  "I can't tell what it is.  I've never seen such an animal".   Turns out it was a badger.  I haven't seen one of those for several years.
  • Peaches were a bust.  And we lost  a peach and a plum tree.  Blackberries have been good.  We had a cobbler today and it was really good.
  • Last week we processed the fifteen fryers Debra raised.  It's a job.  Sure glad we only had fifteen.
  • It's dry and we missed a good rain this afternoon just to our south.

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Awesome reading Art.. it would be nice for the majority to realize and start implementing these direly needed truths... care properly for the planet and reap the much needed resources. Unfortunately human nature at the top tier is to wait for a crisis before taking action. Best for your week ahead!

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Want to know the difference between grass finished and grass fed????

https://youtu.be/70SUKkUaMo4

 

https://youtu.be/5ypbjAldKCc

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Watch "Grass Fed Beef - Everything You Need To Know And Where To Buy It" https://youtu.be/aF8ANzbtzTQ

 




THAT'S IT FROM THE HILL FOR THIS WEEK.  ART AND DEBRA

"BE HEALTHY, EAT GRASS"

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)

www.breezy-hill-farm.com

Posted 6/21/2020 10:07pm by Art Ozias.
             BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE

  • We have been delivering beef.  This week we should finish and be caught up.  We have some scheduled processing dates in November.  We have some ready now but processors are still booked through next year.  I'm hoping for a cancellation.  

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“Mr. Ozias, I used that tenderizer tonight on some steaks (also used kosher salt and sat in the fridge for a few hours) which I pan seared in avocado oil until they reached 130 internal temp, then rested them with a smidgen of avocado butter and those steaks were the greatest ever.  Those steaks had an amazing taste and texture, in a completely different league than the steaks at hyvee or price chopper.

Thanks Spencer.


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Iowa has lost about half the topsoil it had in 1850. Since they were first plowed, America’s farmland soils have lost about half of their organic matter–the dark, spongy decomposed plant and animal tissue that helps make them fertile.

The soil that produces our nation’s food supply is a weakened link slowly failing under ongoing strain. This breakdown isn’t as dramatic as what happened in the 1930s during the Dust Bowl, but it is just as worrying. Human history holds many examples of once-thriving agricultural regions around the world where failure to maintain soil health degraded entire regions far below their potential agricultural productivity, impoverishing the descendants of those who wrecked their land.

https://civileats.com/2020/06/12/op-ed-its-time-to-rethink-the-food-system-from-the-ground-up/

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INTERVIEW: SUPPORTING THE SOIL CARBON SPONGE

Microbiologist, climate scientist and founder of Healthy Soils Australia Walter Jehne discusses climate and soil health.

 

This is an excellent interview and I encourage everyone to read it.

 

https://www.ecofarmingdaily.com/supporting-the-soil-carbon-sponge/?utm_source=Acres+U.S.A.+Community&utm_campaign=627bad9d6b-Keep+Learning+Coronavirus+3-20-20&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_65283346c2-627bad9d6b-167799457&goal=0_65283346c2-627bad9d6b-167799457&mc_cid=627bad9d6b&mc_eid=9b38c085f3

 

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Mini radios will help scientists study monarch butterfly migration Be sure to read this. It's fascinating.

https://www.post-gazette.com/news/science/2020/05/04/monarch-butterflies-migration-Pittsburgh-Pennsyl vania-tracking-Carnegie-Motus-transmitter/stories/202005040022

 

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Watch "Vitamin K2 and Pathological Calcification" on YouTube https://youtu.be/GvW7iBvPuDM

 




THAT'S IT FROM THE HILL FOR THIS WEEK.  ART AND DEBRA

"BE HEALTHY, EAT GRASS"

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)

www.breezy-hill-farm.com

Posted 6/2/2020 10:09pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE

  • Sophie ( our Great Pyrenees) got a hair cut today.  The temperatures are increasing and with her heavy hair coat she gets overheated.  We will save those bags of hair for next year for the Baltimore Orioles.  I'm guessing they will like it for nest building just as well as horse hair.
  • We are going to have a huge seed bank in our pastures this year.  This spring has been great for grasses in our pastures.  Now all those seed heads will fall to the soil and will be there for years to come.  Some will germinate next year and some will be there for several years until conditions are right.
  • Our guineas are not behaving as in past years.  Several hens have been setting on a bunch of eggs and last week they started hatching baby keets.  Except this time just one at a time.  Each day we find one more hatched.   Usually, they all come in a day or two.  We found a hidden nest while doing some weed eating, so there may be more.  I've got to build some more nests for inside their house for next year.
  • Strawberries are in peak production.  Just had a bowl on some ice cream.  So much better than Dairy Queen.
  • I found some great Dirt Hogs and have one for July and five for August.  These are all spoken for.  There may be some more this fall, but will depend on whether we can find a processor that has an opening.  Their schedules are still full.

 

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What is going on here? Thanks for 60 Minutes. Is there a swamp? Yes, watch this. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/most-trade-war-relief-aid-bypassed-small-medium-farms-60-minutes-2020-05-03/



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The meat we eat is a pandemic risk, too

For years, expert bodies like the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have been warning that most emerging infectious diseases come from animals and that our industrialized farming practices are ratcheting up the risk. “Livestock health is the weakest link in our global health chain,” noted the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in a 2013 report.



https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/2020/4/22/21228158/coronavirus-pandemic-risk-factory-farming-meat

 

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Here is a must SEE video. https://www.instagram.com/tv/CAym4n8namq/?igshid=iw8tqgfbsvdw

 

 

THAT'S IT FROM THE HILL FOR THIS WEEK.  ART AND DEBRA

"BE HEALTHY, EAT GRASS"

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)

www.breezy-hill-farm.com

Posted 5/24/2020 10:33pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE


  • The ground beef pickup went like clockwork.  Thanks to all who came as scheduled.  Remember, add a tablespoon of breadcrumbs for each pattie.  After delivering almost 250 pounds to Parkville, Debra and I stopped for a grass finished hamburger at Tay's on Armour Boulevard in North KC.  I always compare a burger to Debra's and it didn't match up.  The hamburger patty was too thin and overcooked.  I got a double, two patties, and it would have been much better is they had made the double into a single, thicker and cooked it less.  When they are so thin, it is too easy to overcook and dry it out.  I applaud them for choosing to use grass finished beef, only would like to see a better profile for the burger.
  • Here's an update on the status of local processing.  Luckily, I decided a couple of months back to schedule with the local processor, even though I did not have the animals sold.  I only had two sold.  When I was told by the processor that my first chance was in June, I decided that something weird was happening and booked for eight.  Should have booked for more.  
  • Last Tuesday I delivered two to another processor for the ground beef.  He is now booked through March 2021.  Gilbert's is booked  through February.  I have 10 more to get processed this year.  Both have me on their list in case of a cancellation, and I have two in a nearby pasture just in case I get a call and can react quickly.
  • Hetherington's normally close  the entire month of November for deer season due to the extra cleaning required.  This year, however, they are accepting only deboned deer meat, so they can also process beef and pork.  I luckily was there  just after they made that decision and I immediately booked for eight in November.
  • So, here's the deal.  The first eight steers will go next week, and then, if I get a cancellation we'll take it.  If no cancellations, it will be NOVEMBER.  This is just CRAZY.
  • Asparagus is tailing off.  Strawberries are starting and they are beautiful.  Tomatoes will be planted tomorrow and  a short row of green beans and some melons.  Raised beds are full.  
  • Martin gourds are full.  They are now occupying the other martins houses.  They prefer the gourds.  I get them from S and K manufacturing near St. Louis.  I need to add another gourd motel 6 for next year.

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The following is from OCA, Organic Consumers Association.

Stimulus package fails to put guardrails on aid for Big Ag

The biggest chunk of change for agriculture is $14 billion channeled through the Commodity Credit Corporation, a financing arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that was responsible for distributing aid to farmers harmed by President Trump’s disastrous trade war with China.

But the stimulus bill largely leaves the distribution of funds for agriculture in the hands of Trump’s Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue. If history is any indication, this will likely amount to a massive giveaway for industrial farm operations producing corn and soy for fuel, animal feed, processed foods, and exports, rather than family-scale farmers and ranchers that feed regional communities.

The stimulus package includes no caps on payments, no requirements to demonstrate that market losses are tied to coronavirus, and no guardrails to ensure money does not further enrich the top one percent of farmers like the China trade bailout did. An analysis from Environmental Working Group found that the top one percent of trade aid recipients received US$183,331 on average, with one farm receiving $2.8 million, while the bottom 80 percent received less than US$5,000 on average.

More aid should go toward regional food systems, healthy food, and family-scale farmers and ranchers

Rather than concentrating aid to corporate agribusiness, Congress should ensure that the majority of aid be directed toward small and mid-scale farmers and ranchers and local and regional food businesses that enable healthy food to get to people who need it most. The stimulus package includes $9.5 billion that could help these farmers through a provision that specifically names specialty crop producers and farmers and ranchers who supply local markets among the beneficiaries. Unfortunately, this money is also entirely at U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Perdue’s discretion.

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Here is an excellent article I recently read in The Nation. It encapsulates very accurately the demise of rural America.

 

Rural America Doesn’t Have to Starve to Death

https://www.thenation.com/article/economy/big-agribusiness-finance-farming/

 

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Here is an excellent interview. It is definitely worth your time to read the entire interview.

 

ACRES U.S.A. You assert that for the past 50 years climate science has been misguided by the assumption that carbon dioxide is the dominant greenhouse gas, not water vapor. How did this misunderstanding arise, and why does it persist?

 

That should get your attention. Read and learn about water.

 

 

https://www.ecofarmingdaily.com/supporting-the-soil-carbon-sponge/?utm_source=Acres+U.S.A.+Community&utm_campaign=627bad9d6b-Keep+Learning+Coronavirus+3-20-20&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_65283346c2-627bad9d6b-167799457&goal=0_65283346c2-627bad9d6b-167799457&mc_cid=627bad9d6b&mc_eid=9b38c085f3

 

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We are very thankful to be able to buy such good meat.

 

Thank you and hope you are having a peaceful evening.
Barbara (from Parkville)

 

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FARM TALK

Left Out


 

If we’re serious about supporting America’s family farms, we better get serious about changing how we allocate the $20 billion/year in federal subsidy dollars for agriculture.

In this U.S. Farmers & Ranchers for a Green New Deal podcast, Julie Davenson talks about how the U.S. subsidy system for agriculture is scaled to support two major crops and Big Ag. “Small family farms are left out,” she says.

Davenson, who runs Stonewall Farm in Keene, N.H., a regenerative agriculture education center that includes a certified organic dairy operation, says the few programs available to small farms like hers involve so much paperwork and regulations, that it simply isn’t worth the effort.

“The financial benefit isn’t there,” Davenson says. “We need to level the playing field.”

Last September, along with Regeneration International and the Sunrise Movement, we launched the national coalition of U.S. Farmers & Ranchers for a Green New Deal. The coalition is committed to advancing policies that support organic regenerative producers.

We recently launched the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers for a Green New Deal Podcast, to help elevate the voices of regenerative organic farmers. Check here for past and future podcasts.

Listen to the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers for a Green New Deal podcast with New Hampshire dairy farmer, Julie Davenson

More about the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers for a Green New Deal

 

 




THAT'S IT FROM THE HILL FOR THIS WEEK.  ART AND DEBRA

"BE HEALTHY, EAT GRASS"

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)

www.breezy-hill-farm.com

Posted 5/17/2020 10:33pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE

  • Had my first breakfast with my latest ponhaus.  I think this last batch is my best.  All the recipes you find on google use a pork roast or pork butt.  I use the head meat, and it is the best.  Nadler's do a great job in processing the head, very clean and ready to cook.  So easy.
  • Orioles are just wonderful.  We have had them in the past but they never stay.  Our neighbors of many years had Orioles.  They sold their farm and moved to town.  Maybe the Orioles went there and the new owners weren't ready so they came up the hill and have stayed.  We have more than one pair.  We learned on a youtube video they like horse hair.  I guess we need to curry Duchess more and save the hair.
  • I have several emails right now requesting freezer beef.  I will answer them later this week.  I need to weigh the beeves again to make sure just how many more I will have this year.  
  • The next ground beef pickup will be this next Saturday.  I sent out an email to those on my list this past week notifying of the pickup.  We had more requests than what is available.  Those not receiving on this harvest will be moved to the next list in the same order I received the request.
  • Processing is/has become iffy.  One processor told me that they are booked through December.  I'm on his list for a possible cancellation.  We have been watching this crisis develop the past several years, as one by one the small processors closed due to the lack of support from their local  area.  Too many people gave up their freezers and were lured into the convenience of a grocery store's meat counter.
  • No baby guineas yet.  Still have several hens covering a bunch of eggs.

 

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Here is a great interview from ACRE's pasts issue. Take time and read ALL of it. https://www.ecofarmingdaily.com/supporting-the-soil-carbon-sponge/?utm_source=Acres+U.S.A.+Community&utm_campaign=627bad9d6b-Keep+Learning+Coronavirus+3-20-20&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_65283346c2-627bad9d6b-167799457&goal=0_65283346c2-627bad9d6b-167799457&mc_cid=627bad9d6b&mc_eid=9b38c085f3

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Very Interesting. Hope you enjoy. The next time you eat celery make sure you eat all of it.  That's not easy work.  https://youtu.be/rWBOEE-fWrQ

 

There's more.  Contrast this with harvesting celery.  https://youtu.be/eWg_2k9ZpZ8

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Dr. Levy in an interview with Dr Mercola, “I consider vitamin C, magnesium, vitamin D, and vitamin K2 to be the premier, top four supplements for promoting and maintaining good health, mainly because they're the primary antagonists to calcium accumulation, and excess calcium inside the cell … I consider to be the primary pathophysiology in all disease.”

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Art,

I just learned some unsettling news.

The USDA took a step that endangers food safety and public health during a pandemic. It granted a regulatory waiver to speed up slaughter lines at a chicken plant that has repeatedly violated safety regulations and even threatened food safety inspectors.

And, there is only ONE trained government inspector at the end of the slaughter line “inspecting” three birds every second.

While we are all dealing with the national public health crisis, USDA is putting our safety further at risk by waiving our most basic food safety protections. From Food and Water Action.

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Is it technologically feasible for farmers and ranchers to help turn around runaway global warming by transitioning to organic regenerative farming and grazing practices?

Yes, says Francis Thicke, an Iowa organic dairy farmer. The real question, he says, is whether it’s politically feasible.

Last September, along with Regeneration International and the Sunrise Movement, we launched the national coalition of U.S. Farmers & Ranchers for a Green New Deal. The coalition is committed to advancing policies that support organic regenerative producers.

This week we officially launch our U.S. Farmers & Ranchers for a Green New Deal Podcast, with an interview with Thicke, one of five co-chairs of the national coalition(Be sure to watch this interview)

In this podcast, Thicke—who holds a Ph.D. in soil science, and was formerly the program leader at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Soil Fertility Program—talks about the economic and political challenges farmers face in an industry dominated by industrial ag mega-corporations that control the market, and federal farm policy.

Listen to the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers for a Green New Deal interview with Iowa dairy farmer, Francis Thicke

 

 




THAT'S IT FROM THE HILL FOR THIS WEEK.  ART AND DEBRA

"BE HEALTHY, EAT GRASS"

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)

www.breezy-hill-farm.com

Posted 5/11/2020 11:18pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE

  • We have a lot of cherries, apples, pears, and grapes.  We have dodged several low temperatures this Spring.   Lost a young peach tree for no apparent reason.
  • Remember some time back in Jan or Feb I included in an Update that we were having flocks of robins?  Well, we now have several nests of young robins.  Maybe they were just here early to find some nesting places.
  • Several of the tree grafts I did this Spring have taken.  I didn't hold much hope as the scions had , I thought, too much sap.  One never knows.  Just do it and more often than not, things work out.
  • Beef, Beef, Beef.  I have had so many requests for freezer beef in the last three weeks.  Many occurred after news of the many processing plants being forced to close.  The result is many potential new customers.  We are sold out presently and will not have more ready until later in the summer.   A person who lost out on the final split half on this next harvest said he decided to find a local source after having seen how the big processing corporations were treating their workers.  He said, " just put me on your list for the next available beef. I'm done with store meat".
  • I have been trying to keep up with all the requests for beef and pork.  I think I'm caught up.  If you have emailed me and not received a response, let me know.
  • The hamburger animals will be going to the processor tomorrow, so those on that list need to be watching for an email notifying them of when pickup will be.  There have been so many requests that I'm not sure the yield will be enough to satisfy all of the requests.

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Food Shortages? Local Farmers come to the Rescue.

While it took a pandemic to expose the underlying weaknesses in our globalized food system - it is propelling a much needed shift as Buyers seek to purchase food directly from local Farmers. Buyers are asking how to source from Farmers --- a question necessary for a shift in our food system. We are seeing Farmers experience unprecedented sales volume and customer growth! 

Welcome to the new normal. Americans are cautious about crowds, restaurants remain closed and buyers are actively searching for alternatives to the grocery store. The closure of processing plants is further shaking consumer confidence in the US agriculture system.

Local Farmers are the answer! Buyers are experiencing the face behind their food, and quality well beyond the commodity meat, dairy and produce sold at the grocery store. With many Farmers offering door-to-door delivery or grab and go meet-ups, they are locking in buyers with the convenience they have come to love and expect.


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HERE IS AN EXCELLENT PODCAST WITH DR MARK HYMAN. IT'S AN HOUR BUT TRULY WORTH HEARING.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r__rOU2G_P8

 




THAT'S IT FROM THE HILL FOR THIS WEEK.  ART AND DEBRA

"BE HEALTHY, EAT GRASS"

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)

www.breezy-hill-farm.com

Posted 5/3/2020 9:22pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE


  • You should see our strawberry plants.  We planted them last year and this year they are a picture.  We have different varieties, so some are in full bloom,many small berries and others are waiting their turn to bloom.  We try to spread them out  so we are not overwhelmed.
  • Asparagus is growing so fast.  One day they are just breaking ground and the next they are ready to cut.  Sure taste good.
  • The raised beds are now full.  Every inch is taken.  We are eating out of them, lettuces, radishes, spinach.  One bed is full of kale.  Another has cabbages and broccoli.  Who needs a produce aisle when you have your own garden produce?
  • The freezer that is over thirty years old that quit is now fixed.  Just needed a $25 part.  Thank goodness we still have a somewhat functioning repair economy.  It should be much more robust.  We throw away too many items that need a small part and someone trained in repair.  We used to get a toaster fixed.
  • Barn is full of barn swallows and boy can they fly and make a racket while near their nests.  
  • Martin gourds are full and other older houses are now being taken up.  I'll need to put up another martin "hotel" this fall.
  • Oh yes, we have a baltimore oriole feeding on oranges and singing on our east porch.  Beautiful bird and the sweetest song.  Hope they nest and raise a hatch.
  • We have guineas setting on three nests.  Often there are up to six adults covering all the eggs.  A real "it takes a village" moment.
  • Lola Jean has a new home so I am left with just Iris.  JUST Iris?  She is the best.  Does her thing outside and comes when called.  If too far away, I have a swiss cow bell and when I ring it she comes.  What a gal!
  • Now for the meat discussion.  I have had so many requests for meat, probably because of the covid plant closings.  I have decided to limit some of the requests so more people can get freezer beef and ground beef.  There will be more this fall, and if you requested a whole beef, I will get you a half on the next harvest, and add you back for the the other half when we have more ready later.  Any single request for more that fifty pounds of ground beef will be reduced to fifty pounds.  



THAT'S IT FROM THE HILL FOR THIS WEEK.  ART AND DEBRA

"BE HEALTHY, EAT GRASS"

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)

www.breezy-hill-farm.com

Posted 4/26/2020 10:46pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE

  • Iris had her calf, a heifer.  A few days later Lola Jean also had a heifer.   Now I'm milking two cows.  It's not too bad when everything works.  The cows have to get into a routine.  Who comes in first to get into the stantion, to stand and not be nervous, to remember how they behaved last time.  That first week is a challenge.  And then last night the milker wasn't maintaining its vacuum.  After thirty minutes trying to figure out why, I gave in and cancelled for the night.  I took the main component apart , replaced the internal parts and still it didn't work.  Finally, I noticed the pulsator was not fully engaged.   When it was properly installed it worked like normal.  I'll remember that for the future, but next time it will probably be something totally different.
  • I had someone request hamburger patties for the next order.  Here's the info.  The processor has a machine that makes them.  They can be 3 to 1, 4 to 1 or five to one pound.  They charge 75 cents per pound and a ten pound minimum.
  • I weighed the beeves today and as soon as I get a schedule date,  I will be notifying those on the list for freezer beef.
  • Those who recently got their Dirt Hog, including yours truly, are, I guess, feeling pretty fortunate, as the news keeps reporting of the large processors closing due to the virus. Its got to have an impact at the grocery store.
  • We have a nest of robins in our tulip tree and a nest of doves in our squeeze chute.  I had to be careful weighing the beeves today as the nest was between two pipes of the chute.  The babies had just recently hatched, so I don't think they were disturbed by the clanging and banging as the beeves moved in and out.
  • I potted ten white pines to be transplanted this fall.
  • It sure is nice to have the freezers full.  Watching the news about meat shortages, and no farm workers to harvest fruits and vegetables, is why many vegetable seed companies are running out of seeds.  Maybe people will learn to grow some of their own food.  I also read that hatcheries are way behind this year due to the increased demand for baby chicks.
  • We have four guinea hens setting.  Should have plenty of baby guineas (keets).  You need a lot.  The old owl will get some .

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Dr John Ikerd formerly at MU has a very recent  presentation I think you will find interesting and informative.  

https://youtu.be/3ggOX4VdvuY

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STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • Tap water is often brimming with harmful pesticides, herbicides, pharmaceuticals, cyanobacteria, disinfection byproducts and fluoride

  • Cyanobacteria from algae can cause skin irritations, neurological symptoms and liver and kidney damage and are linked to diseases like Alzheimer's and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)

  • The herbicide glyphosate worsens toxic algae because cyanobacteria use its phosphonates as fuel

  • Concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) and large-scale monocrop farms cause high levels of nitrates to be in drinking water

  • PFAS, found in a wide range of consumer products, are also in tap water and can accumulate and stay in the human body for long periods of time



https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2020/03/11/most-tap-water-toxic-soup-of-chemicals.aspx?cid_source=dnl&cid_medium=email&cid_content=art2HL&cid=20200311Z1&et_cid=DM478043&et_rid=827399684







THAT'S IT FROM THE HILL FOR THIS WEEK.  ART AND DEBRA

"BE HEALTHY, EAT GRASS"

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)

www.breezy-hill-farm.com